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Karate is a martial art that focuses on self-defense and self-discipline. It is an excellent activity for children as it teaches them discipline, respect and confidence.

In this article, you’ll discover how to get started with karate for 3 year olds and all the benefits they will gain from it but, let’s first answer the question: Is 3 years old a good age to begin karate?

The answer is…

Yes, 3 years old is a good age to start karate because it is crucial to instill the proper mindset in your children. It is also important to clarify that children up to the age of five will not only practice karate during the lesson; rather, the majority of the training will focus on helping children learn how their bodies work and the remaining time will be spent teaching them karate.



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benefits of karate

What are the benefits of karate?

Karate may seem like a very complicated and tiring discipline to learn and practice, but if you start it at a young age it will be an easy job, why?

Starting to practice a martial art from an early age leads to the development of a number of factors that will help the child in the future

Let’s look at these factors:


increases decision-making power

When the child is faced with a choice, he will be able to remain composed and make the best decision with confidence.



improves school performance

The main benefit that a child derives from karate is discipline, a life skill which they can use in the four walls of the dojo as well ass in their school experience.


According to a study done by FIJLKAM (Italian Federation of Martial Arts) in 20 European schools, a 1-year karate lessons practiced during physical education classes significantly increased school performance and decreased behavioral issues in kids.



develops leadership

One of the most crucial skills for those who frequently reside in a community of people is leadership, which karate teaches.

The leader that karate creates is one who can endure group fatigue, accomplish goals by motivating others to do better, and leave no colleague behind.



teaches respect

Being surrounded by teachers and other students of his own level teaches the child to give and earn respect.



enhances motor skills

Karate, as we all know, teaches discipline, but it also enhances a number of physical abilities, such as flexibility, coordination, balance, reflexes, and agility.

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What if he doesn't like it?

The majority of karate dojos allow families to take free lessons so that they won’t lose money if their child doesn’t like it.


From our personal experience, we recommend to take your child to classes at least 2-3 times and then make a decision. 


Because kids, especially those of this age, frequently have never lived apart from their parents, when they do so for the first time they will often feel uncomfortable.

How to choose the right karate school for your three-year-old

We advise you to start by compiling a list of all the karate dojo in your area.

Take the kid to a few classes at each school, and then let him choose the one where he is most comfortable.

(Spoiler alert: most kids won’t want to go to other gyms after their first visit).

Don’t worry, you won’t have to travel around all the town .


Parents, remember, even if it means making some sacrifices, do what is best for the child and his development.

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Do I have to buy him the karategi to start?

No, karategi is not necessary for the first lessons. Let your kid feel comfortable with a t-shirt and shorts. 

Don’t worry, any karate instructor will pretend karategi from the trial lesson.

If the child likes discipline, then you can buy him a karategi without any problems.

Consult the master before buying the uniform, he will be able to guide you to avoid making mistakes.


We already wrote an article on how to prepare to start learning karate properly, you find it there:

How To Start Learning Karate

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We have analyzed all the most critical information you should be aware of before introducing your child to karate.

Now, if we have satisfied all your doubts, do not wait any longer, take your child to a dojo as soon as possible!

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